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See what financial aid options are available to you.Explore
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Simplify your application process by using our step-by-step checklist.Learn More
Are you ready to shape the future?
As a teacher, you’ll put your energy and creativity to work preparing students to tackle the world’s most difficult challenges, from pandemics to climate change and social justice. Great teachers are innovative and always in demand.
Understand the Career
What do teachers do?
With over 100 school districts and more than 3,000 schools that are as unique and promising as the students within them, there are many opportunities to change lives as a teacher here. Join talented colleagues, make your mark and get paid to do what you love.
See the Possibilities
Do teachers have a good future?
North Carolina needs teachers from all backgrounds and experiences who are committed to making a difference. There is a secure future for anyone working in the classroom here, especially for high-demand positions like science, math and Special Education teaching. Are you ready to empower students to navigate and thrive in a changing world?
Imagine Your Teacher-Self
Am I a good fit for teaching?
If you like a challenge and the daily satisfaction of knowing that what you're doing matters, teaching could be your calling. You bring your unique skills and experience to any job you take—but leading a classroom takes full advantage of both. As a teacher, you'll work hard while building skills that set you up to succeed, no matter where your professional life takes you.
Choose Your Path
How do I become a teacher?
There are many pathways to becoming a teacher in North Carolina. From traditional educator preparation programs to alternative certification, anyone with the drive and skills to lead a classroom can find a path to licensure. We break it down in just a few steps. Get started by checking out our overview.
Get Licensed to Teach
What’s teacher licensure?
If the word “requirement” scares you, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Our North Carolina resource on understanding licensure makes it easy. Once you decide which subject, specialty and grade level are for you, the next steps just fall into place.
Find Your Classroom
How do I start my teaching career?
Once you're licensed to teach, you'll probably want a job. We've partnered with several school districts in North Carolina to bring you the nitty-gritty details about what it’s like to be a teacher here. Hear directly from your future colleagues and see what job openings might be the perfect fit for you.
In the Press
The Future Depends on TeachersRead More
Teach North Carolina kicks off an initiative focused on the teacher recruitment.
Wilkes Community College Announces Free Tuition InitiativeRead More
WCC Education Promise is a two-year, last-dollar scholarship designed to ensure every qualifying student graduating from high school in Wilkes, Ashe, and Alleghany can get a college degree from Wilkes Community College tuition-free.
North Carolina Supports Future TeachersRead more
Learn about the different organizations in North Carolina committed to supporting our state's educators.
TeachNC Attracts More than 2,000 Aspiring TeachersRead More
TeachNC fills a critical need in North Carolina to make it easy for would-be teachers to learn more about the profession.
About TEACH North Carolina
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is the state government agency responsible for public education in North Carolina.
TEACH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by the U.S. Department of Education, with a mission to help people consider teaching and enter the profession.
BEST NC is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition of business leaders committed to improving North Carolina’s education system through policy and advocacy